Name: Christian Blanken

Background: Born in the Netherlands but raised in the Far East and UK.

Track Record: Designed forMichael Kors, Diane Von Furstenberg, Harvey Nichols Private Label and the MaxMara Fashion Group.

The Look: In his own words, “Clean, tailored, sharp, luxe and modern, not sweet!”

I absolutely fell in love with both Christian Blanken’s AW 12 and SS 13 collections. If the term ‘sportswear’ brings sweatpants and trainers rather than Coco Chanel to mind, let Blanken re-educate you with his definition.Once again he has created a clean, luxe, pragmatic sportswear collection for the modern woman who seeks a simplistic, timeless-but-edgy style that is intrinsically wearable.

Christian Blanken’s love of luxurious fabric permeates almost every piece, from silk shift dresses to leather trousers, to give a chic and often futuristic feel. From sharp, super-skinny metallic trousers to flowing white maxi dresses to simple luxefuchsia shirts,Blanken has catered for every occasion with his trademark tailoring and elegance.

In an interview withElle, he describes the Christian Blanken girl as “strong, bold and as straightforward as the clothes I design”, adding “she might be a bit high maintenance once in a while, please forgive her.”